Thanks to the speed of modern communication, news of the Sandy Hook massacre reached across the country within minutes, putting America into a state of shock.
As seems to be the prevailing norm in all recent similar tragedies, the media, in its rush to report sensational events, often “fills in the blanks” to substitute for missing information.
There were media reports that Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin were responsible for the Arizona shooting of Rep. Gaby Gifford. One network erroneously reported that a tea party member was the shooter in Aurora, Colo.
On Dec. 14, as the nation was going into a state of shock over the evil and senseless killings at Sandy Hook School, some of our elected leaders selfishly took advantage of this tragedy for self-promotion. Most notably was our own Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Her behavior is despicable. Feinstein was screaming “gun ban” before grieving parents could see their children’s bodies. She attempted to divert our attention from grief over the killings to promote her political persona and agenda.
She was not the only political figure to so act. We must share the blame, because we elected her.
As the shock stabilizes, more information tempers our judgment. At least it does in some of us. Comparison of Sandy Hook is being made to what is now known about shootings in Columbine, Colo., Aurora, the Clackamas mall in Portland, and, lest we forget, Stockton.
The Columbine shootings happened while assault weapons were banned. The other shootings occurred in gun-free zones. The other common denominator in all these shootings is that the shooting stopped when an armed third party arrived.
As America is looking inward to get answers as to what is happening, politicians will call for gun bans, gun-free zones, outlawing crazy people, censorship and other extreme measures that won’t make our schools safer.
Some of the politicians calling for more restrictive gun control, such as Feinstein, admitted to having concealed weapons permits.
While we’re introspecting, we might ask ourselves if the Fort Hood, Texas, shooting, Fast and Furious gun trafficking scandal and Waco, Texas, fiasco should be thrown into the mix.
Politicians and media leftists are salivating over the prospect of further erosion of the Bill of Rights that won’t make our schools safer. Instead, let’s look at our Bill of Rights for the answers.
The Second Amendment contains a possible solution.
I refer to the term “a well-regulated militia.” The sheriff’s posse fits that definition perfectly. A designated posse with a mission to protect schools would make our students safer.
• Charles Norton is a retired U.S. Marine and Tracy resident.